Author: Kevin Diestelow

Kevin Diestelow is an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, majoring in history and government. He is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. His primary research interests include the political culture of Revolutionary America and the Early Republic, as well as the function of the American Revolution in American historical memory. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he plans to continue studying history at the graduate level.

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The Fort Wilson Riot and Pennsylvania’s Republican Formation

“There has been hell to pay in Philadelphia,” exclaimed Samuel Shaw, referring to the Fort Wilson Riot of October 4, 1779 in a letter to Winthrop Sargent.[1] The riot was the culmination of three years of factional political tension within the city of Philadelphia. Members of the city’s “lower sort,” nominally backed by politically powerful men […]

by Kevin Diestelow